American Products designs and manufacturers indoor and outdoor enclosure products for a variety of industries, including telecommunication and fiber optics. They offer customers complete solutions, from concept design and engineering, to prototyping, production and distribution. Product lines include telecommunication shelters, telecom enclosures and modular cabinet systems. The company produces its own line of specialized products, and does contract manufacturing to customer specifications.
For the last 25 years, American Products’ management has established the company as an industry leader, and their growth has accelerated in recent years. The future looks bright for continued growth, so it’s critical they continuously enhance their operational efficiency and quality management processes.
American Products turned to Missouri Enterprise for assistance and they worked together to implement several initiatives for continuous improvement. One of their first projects was a facility layout study, which helped American Products use their space more efficiently and ensure their equipment was placed in ways to enhance throughput. The next project was an assembly line study, to identify specific areas to streamline their operations and minimize waste; this study proved so useful, they continued the relationship with Missouri Enterprise to help implement recommendations for assembly line improvements.
“The experts with the Missouri Enterprise team were true professionals who performed as advertised,” says Dale Richter, Vice President of Operations for American Products. “The improvements we’ve been able to make to our modular assembly line have already brought us a 15% improvement in efficiency, and should ultimately result in increased efficiencies of up to 30%. It’s a process, and our work with Missouri Enterprise has been an important part of our efforts towards sustainable continuous improvement.”
American Products reports $125,000 in costs savings in labor, materials, energy and overhead as a result of their work with Missouri Enterprise.